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Horrible, all she did is take $3,500 from me. She went to court once and didn't even provide legal advise. She gave me the silent treatment. That in its self in mental abuse. She broke our breach of communication that she is sworn to uphold. She didn't even transfer my case cause she wanted to get over on me on drive time. She is extremely scandalous! Worst lawyer ever. She didn't do anything she was suppose to do. Do not hire her. I would of been better off representing myself.
Absolutely horrible. He never returned a call, his paralegal is equally incompetent, the new Omaha area code was 531 and she claimed that by not calling me back for two weeks, was due to her not being from omaha, and she was continually dialing 1-(531)...REALLY?!!!!! FOR TWO WEEKS? He never kept a promise, was very unprofessional, never keeping me in the loop, I was facing 4 felonies for a domestic situation, that he assured me would be dropped to a misdemeanor, and when it wasn't he said we will put pressure on the prosecutor and she wouldn't take it to trial. Wrong again, she wouldn't budge, and I showed up for trial, even though he had never contacted me to discuss the case or call witnesses. I get to the court house, prepared for trial....And nothing, empty courtroom ... I only heard crickets. I called him immediately, to discover he was in Council Bluffs, and he non-chalantly informed me that he took a plea on my behalf...one felony, and there was no trial. He called my house and left me a message that morning, informing me that we weren't going to trial, I had already left for the court house. I never felt more degraded, disrespected or ignored .... As I did with him. I felt so violated and misrepresented ... I needed a shower to remove the filth of his negligence and incompetence. I will NEVER EVER recommend him. There are several other things he neglected to address but I won't bring those up. Randy has a horribly checkered past involving misdemeanors of his own, and I never questioned his professional ability, nor did I judge him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt ... I paid a very high price too.
Randy Paragas is not only THE WORST attorney, but the worst professional I've ever had a chance to work with in my life!!! He did absolutely NOTHING for the case! Representing yourself is a better alternative- and a much cheaper one (although I would recommend hiring a GOOD attorney- just not this one).During the first meeting he promised to review the recording, work out a deal with the prosecutor, said how well connected he is, and how he can choose which one of his friends (yeah, right) will be the Judge. He also said he can "arrange" for the Court ordered AA meetings/treatment to be one of those "Oh, if you can't make it to one, then my guy will just write it up as if you were there." (is that even legal??). Finally, he was referring to the "favor basket" he had with the prosecutors. What a joke!Mr. Paragas made a lot of promises, yet delivered NONE, except extending the Court date half a dozen times. In some cases, his secretary would call the morning of the trial and say they will reschedule (apparently your days off from work are not important). His fee was twice or three times the amount of other reputable attorneys in Omaha, and falling for his "sales pitch" was a mistake. After a while it was very clear that he says THE EXACT SAME STORY to every single client and is highly unfamiliar with the individual case. He is one of the best liars I have ever met.Finally, he will NOT do ANYTHING to prepare you for the Court, nor will he keep you in the loop of what is going on with the case. You will only get a letter in the mail with the court date and time. He was upset if we reached out asking what is happening with the case and implied that we are one of those difficult clients. He showed up 30 minutes late for the Court and the sentence was harsher than the harshest option he said could happen. I received 30 days in jail, 2 year probation and $1,300 fee for a second DUI (the first was 5 years ago). And might I say that he had the exact same charge in 2011 and received only a probation and $600 fine. The bottom line is: STAY AWAY from this attorney! He will waste your time and money, and most of all he will not care one bit about what happens to you. I am not sure if he can sleep at night, considering how careless he is with other people's lives.
Very professional and worked hard to protect my interests pushed hard to get me a good really good settlement
This is the lawyer suing me for a debt collector, so i called him to avoid my bank account getting frozen which would be catastrophic because I'm on a fixed income with three teenage kids and the information Micheal gave me relived my anxieties but also restored my faith in lawyers. He spent 30 minutes helping me with possible options as well as advice for the future. Thank you Mr. O'bradovich for your sincere compassion and advice
Got me good money and very knowledgeable friendly and high level of expertise, would recommend to friends and family who are injured in an accident
Terrible experience. Mr. Maxell takes months to file necessary paperwork and lies and tells you things are filed when they aren't. If he is questioned in any way, he becomes ride and defensive. We settled outside of court on a simple proceeding 5 weeks ago and the paperwork was finally filed 4 days ago after weeks of being ignored and lied to. When questioned, he told me to "settle down" and discussed how I need to be professional. He took no responsibility for 9 months of not doing his job and repeatedly told me how his personal life was complicated.
I hired justin for a family law issue. Justin was prompt organized and professional in my representation. Had a ex wife that was trying to take everything i had to get back at me and had her lawyer try and tell the judge i made 100,000 a year and wanted child support set on that number justin had that tossed out the window and now its set at a fair manageable amount, Becouse we all know ex wifes never spend 100% of child support on the child,it goes to there wants. This was a concern i voiced to justin and it was done. I highly recommend justin. Nick becker
I wish I could give higher than 5 stars, because Mr. Nelson is worth it. I've had to use Greg twice now, and both times my outcome has been surreal. I was initially referred to Greg from a friend who also received a great result, and I wouldn't refer anyone but Greg Nelson. His experience as a Prosecutor shows, as he has extensive knowledge on the inter workings of the courts and you can tell he is respected by all. Not only does Greg help with the final outcome, but he is a good ally to have during the entire process. A DUI can be a very stressful process, but Greg's experience and professionalism helps take away a lot of this stress. To top it off, he is very reasonably priced and accepts payment plans. Please, don't choose a lawyer before contacting Greg Nelson.Greg, thanks again for your professionalism and assistance during my tough times. Sean M.
Justrin your awsome you were their for me whenever I need someone to talk to or get my self in trouble He He He To me your always a A+ in my books!!!!! tarra lee
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: